Laura Robson’s run to the final of this year’s Guangzhou Open made her the first British woman to reach a WTA singles final since Jo Durie in 1990. Although she eventually lost that final, it is a marker of how far Laura has come in her career so far.
Despite being born in Australia, Robson has lived in Britain since she was six years old. In her first junior grand slam at Wimbledon in 2008, she won the title making her the first British player to win the girls’ event since Annabel Croft in 1984. Then in the 2009 Australian Open Junior tournament, she reached the final yet again this time suffering defeat.
As a result of her enormous potential, it was not long before Robson started competing professionally. Not until this year has Laura started to show signs that she remains a huge prospect for British tennis success, after having some lean years on the tour. In the Olympics she partnered British No.1 Andy Murray where they reached the final despite being a wildcard entry. Though they ended up winning silver having lost a close final to Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi Robson thrived on the occasion and won many plaudits.
…caused a sensation…
She continued her good form into this years’ US Open where her WTA ranking allowed her direct entry into the main draw. Robson caused a sensation when she knocked out Kim Clijsters in what was Clijsters’ last singles match before retirement. For the first time in her career Laura was in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, and that soon became the fourth round when she knocked out former French Open winner Li Na. Robson’s wonderful foray in the US Open ended in defeat to defending champion Samantha Stosur, but she once again reminded the British people that they have new hope in the women’s game.